I bounce back and forth between my DSLR Canon 20D and my Point n Shoot Canon SD890IS. Frankly I decide which to use for much the same reason you expressed. The DSLR does a much better job on basic photos, but size and weight make carrying it a noticeable activity. The SD890 does OK, but I find that I must really try to be steady, even with the ‘IS’ feature active. Thank Heaven for Photoshop that helps me cover my errors in exposure and focus a bit !